Ioannis Gatsiounis

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Racism? What Racism

In Uncategorized on September 23, 2009 at 5:27 pm

September 17, 2009

The debate is falling along predictable lines – Fox News and its provincial minions defending Rep. Joe Wilson’s “You lie” outburst last week as a noble act of dissent, while the left-leaning dailies and Democrats accuse the blue-eyed right-wing Southerner of racism.

Who’s right? We may never know. Yet America is gaining from the controversy. Read the rest of this entry »

American Foreign Policy: Re-flexing Muscle

In Uncategorized on September 23, 2009 at 5:20 pm

August 17, 2009

By the end of the Bush presidency all but the most bloodthirsty hawks allowed that a change in American foreign policy was needed.

With that call, however, came the risk that the new administration would overcompensate. That it would go begging for hearts and minds, walk on eggshells, fearful to offend, and stop pressing leaders to conduct their affairs more responsibly and humanely. Read the rest of this entry »

The World: Not According to Plan

In Uncategorized on September 23, 2009 at 5:17 pm

August 10, 2009

It was just a year ago that the media were predicting Russia, Iran and Venezuela would coalesce into a redoubtable bloc that would hasten the West’s demise; that Jetsonian Dubai was emerging as the world’s new playground and financial center; that the Beijing Olympics would boost China’s image (i.e. soft power reach); that China was conquering Africa; and that the West was morphing into both an evil monster and a sluggish dinosaur. Read the rest of this entry »

Yellow Newspapers

In Uncategorized on September 23, 2009 at 5:14 pm

August 2, 2009

In Malaysia all local newspapers are state-controlled, so most of my news reading for the last six years was done online. It wasn’t until I visited my mother on the East Coast last month that I rediscovered Read the rest of this entry »

Seed of Barbarism: Anti-Americanism and the Status Quo

In Uncategorized on September 23, 2009 at 3:56 pm

July 17, 2009

Last week’s suicide attacks on two American hotels in Jakarta represented yet another vicious act of anti-Americanism. And yet just hours after the bombings on the websites of the Washington Post and New York Times the story was buried beneath the rubble of other headlines (including news of large second quarter profits for banks and that two politicians were backing Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor). Read the rest of this entry »

Of God and Sun

In Uncategorized on September 23, 2009 at 3:53 pm

June 28, 2009

Believers have a knack for finding God in everything, not least of all the weather. They see God’s hand in a sunny outdoor wedding. In natural disasters. In a man struck down by lighting. In each instance – shhh – God is saying something. What, then, was His phenomenological message behind the blissful weather (mid-70s, cloudless, light breeze, an anomaly this spring) bestowed upon the “sinful” revelers at San Francisco’s Pride Parade over the weekend? Read the rest of this entry »

Who’s Killing Print?

In Uncategorized on September 23, 2009 at 3:50 pm

June 20, 2009

Print circulation figures are down. Online figures are up. The web is also less expensive, more interactive and better suited for breaking news than its print brethren. News executives, not to mention a good number of pundits, count the dissimilarities as proof that the future of news is online, and a growing number of papers, including the Christian Science Monitor, Rocky Mountain News, and Seattle Post Intelligencer, are folding their print operations. Read the rest of this entry »